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Tourists undoubtedly already know that Pennsylvania is home to Hershey, a town famous for its chocolate, and they might even be familiar with Amish Country. But did they know that Philadelphia has Albert Einstein's intriguing brain on display or that the state's northern region has an International Dark Sky Park? Everywhere tourists travel in Pennsylvania, they will find unexpected locations and memorable experiences. Even better, many of Pennsylvania's top tourist attractions are free to visit. The state is the hub of marvelous activities, including the biggest free music festival in the country, hammering rocks to make them ring, and sprinting up the Philadelphia Museum of Art's Rocky steps. Pennsylvania also houses one of the most iconic cities in the US, Jim Thorpe. It is one of the great treasures of the Poconos and is situated in Lehigh Gorge in Carbon County, and it offers both the allure of a European village as well as the excitement of a mountain sports resort. Here is a guide to spending a day in this marvelous area!


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An Overview Of Jim Thorpe

The municipality, which was once known as Mauch Chunk and was established in 1818, was given a new name Jim Thorpe in 1954 in tribute to James Francis Thorpe, an Olympic medalist. Visitors from nearby Philadelphia and New York City frequent Jim Thorpe for its reputation as one of the most picturesque little towns in America, as well as its opportunities for skiing, hiking, white water rafting, bicycling, and horseback riding. A stunning location with plenty of natural beauty and parks is provided by Flagstaff Mountain and Lehigh Valley, which embrace the town. For a break from huge cities, visitors may also camp around lakes and go boating, fishing, and swimming, or they can choose to visit other attractions.

Start Your Day At Lehigh Gorge Scenic Railway, Jim Thorpe

Visitors may experience at the Lehigh Gorge Scenic Railway the elegance of bygone train riding. They may take a guided trip on a diesel engine train that travels along the old railway while viewing stunning cliffs, serene mountain views, and a variety of species while crossing span bridges and passing through the wonderful Lehigh Gorge State Park. Holiday and festival-specific train excursions through the Lehigh Gorge are also offered.

  • Tour length: 70 minutes
  • Cost: $19 per adult and $9 per child for a standard coach

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Discover Asa Packer Mansion Museum

Asa Packer was a philanthropist, railroad entrepreneur, and the creator of Lehigh University. The Asa Packer Mansion Museum is situated in his residence in Jim Thorpe. The 18-bedroom home was built by architect Samuel Sloan in 1861. Since the Bear Mountain Lions bought the estate in 1956, it has been accessible for visits by the public. The Packer family lived in the mansion in the late 1800s, and the interior looks nearly exactly the same today. From Memorial Day through Halloween, guests are welcome to view the home. Following that, the season will affect the availability of tours.

  • Entrance fee: $12 per adult; $9 per student (6 to 18 years old); $6 per child (below six years old); and $10 per senior (over 55 years old).

Have A Meal At Café Arielle, Jim Thrope

Café Arielle, located in a lovingly restored old silk mill and firework factory, is a must-try when eating in Jim Thorpe. Despite having a very old backdrop, the restaurant is very modern and has numerous cutting-edge features. Old silk cutting tables were used to build the dining tables, and the old heating system's pipes were used to make the tables' legs. A straightforward yet delectable menu of café staples is offered at Café Arielle. Visitors may also use the Stabin Museum's full bar and kids' play area, as well as enjoy all the captivating artwork.

  • Opening schedule: Friday and Saturday from 12:00 PM to 10:00 PM and Sunday from 11:00 AM to 3:00 PM

Stop At the Bear Mountain Butterfly Sanctuary

Tourists will see beautiful butterfly species in the magnificent Bear Mountain Butterfly Sanctuary. This butterfly refuge at Jim Thorpe is a gorgeous must-see destination. As it boasts harboring many other kinds, visitors will get to experience several butterfly species. One nearly feels as though they are in a fantasy tale! The animals are most active in the evening, so go there then. Even though it's an unusual location, it is worth going to. Visitors will want to remain a little longer and will appreciate it immensely.

  • Entrance fee: $11 per adult and $10 per child (3 to 12 years old) and senior (over 62 years old)

Attend A Performance At Mauch Chunk Opera House

When Mauch Chunk Opera House was included in the National Geographic Traveler, it gained notoriety. The location is renowned for its superior acoustics. Every type of entertainment is represented, including folk, classical, jazz, and rock. It makes a great location for concerts and shows and is a refuge for fans of theater and music. Therefore, tourists ought to attend a show anytime they come. It is conveniently accessible because it is situated in the center of the town. They will have a wild and exciting time here, and the music is top-notch.